Round 5 of the Purbeck Trail Series brought the Purbeck Runners last Sunday to Bere Regis for the Black Hill Run. The picturesque, but tough 10k course winds its way through ancient woodland, over three hills, amounting to some 620 feet of ascent and past the hamlet of Turners Puddle, which time appears to have forgotten, before finishing with a long fast downhill to Bere Regis. The race is a counter in the Purbeck Runners Club Championship so there was a good turnout of 25 runners from the club and impressively three of them had competed in the incredibly hilly Camelot Challenge the day before! We were joined by two special club members, Ruby and Margo, two Hungarian Vizslas, who were taking part in the Canicross with Dave Lawton. Ruby and Margo, who are mother and daughter, are regulars at the Wednesday evening club runs and relish the trails. The Canicross starts 10 minutes after the 10k and follows the same course, so the runners ahead have the added motivation of being chased by all the dogs! The weather on the day was perfect, with a few hours of rain prior to the race softening the ground just enough to make for perfect trail running for runners and dogs.
Charlotte Halford from the Purbeck Runners had a superb run and was the 2nd woman in the race, while Rob Murray was the first man from the club to finish in a brilliant 7th place overall. There were also excellent age category firsts for Hamish Murray and Lorna Haines. There were great performances by cub members throughout the field with several personal bests for the course. In the Canicross Dave, Ruby and Margo had a sensational race flying round the course to finish in 7th place. The picture above shows Ruby and Margo looking very pleased with their medals along with Dave Lawton and Paula Lawton-Archer, who is the Club Chair and Coach.
It was a most enjoyable and friendly event, with wonderful cakes at the finish and with the proceeds from the day going to support the local Scouts.